Which side are you on?

I'm really not a very political person. My husband can attest to that. Sometimes he jokingly reminds me of a get-together with friends shortly after he first met me. The discussion turned political, and he noticed that, although I was listening intently to heated exchanges, I didn't say a thing. (I have to admit that nowadays I'm a bit more vocal, sometimes to his chagrin!)

Recently I've been intrigued by a story in the Old Testament that holds a lesson for anyone involved in politics—be it of the governmental, office, church, or even family sort. A spiritual leader of the community by the name of Balaam receives orders from the king to condemn people considered enemies of the state (see Num., chaps. 22-24). But he faces a dilemma. He doesn't agree with the position he's asked to take. What to do?

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